About our club:
The Equestrian club is a relatively new group on campus. We compete through IHSA (Intercollegiate Horse Show Association). One of the best things about this club is that you do not need a horse, or have any riding experience. In IHSA riders are assigned a horse based on their skill level and will be judged on their equitation (or how they look on a horse).
Members can be either competing or non-competing. It is a personal choice for each member if they wish to compete or not.
Members who compete travel to shows and can show English, Western or both. We show at colleges across the Pacific Northwest including LBCC, WWU, UW, UO, and OSU. Our show season runs from September to March. During show season we have weekly ride nights where both competing and non competing members get to practice for shows.
We also offer private lessons with any of our senior members. Lessons are $10.00 for an hour, and the money goes back into the club fund for social events.
Members who chose to not compete are more than welcome to join us for ride nights and will have numerous chances to get on a horse.
Our horses are all personally owned by members, meaning we have no “university owned horses.” Each member is responsible for their monthly board check, any other horse expenses. We also have no professional coach. Our coach is a CWU student just like every other member which is a very unique thing to have in an IHSA club.
Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/CWU-Equestrian-Team/74923464868
Check out our Blog: www.cwuequestrian.blogspot.com
History of club:
The Equestrian club at CWU was established in 2006 by a group of dedicated horse lovers who wanted to be able to bring the world of competitive riding to CWU. We are still one of the smaller sports clubs on campus, but we have a group of very dedicated students and big plans for our future.
In the 2013-2014 school year we had one member, Kelsey Hughs, go on to compete at regionals in Ohio.
In 2012 we had 2 members make it all the way to Nationals in Pennsylvania, although we did not place it is a huge accomplishment for being one of the only completely student run clubs in IHSA.
Our practices, or ride nights, are typically done on a bi-weekly basis during the show season. Because we are a completely student run club there is no dedicated day for practice as we have to work around class and work schedules. We plan ride nights at our weekly meetings and try to best accommodate everyone’s busy schedule.
Our show season is Fall and Winter quarter. We may have shows at the start of spring quarter depending on how well we do during the regular season. Shows during our season are held all across the Pacific Northwest, from Vancouver Canada to Eugene Oregon. In spring quarter shows will be held as far away as Pennsylvania.
Officer Contact list:
Kara Composano, President
Ashley Johnson, Vice President
Elizabeth Luty, Coach
Miranda Lehman, Secretary
Danielle Erhardt, Treasurer